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How to start a home based business—or something like that

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Officials in Springfield, Vermont have denied a liquor license for a man who wanted to run a bar out of his “home.” Home, it turns out, is the state prison.

Paul Murphy applied to the town for both a first- and second-class liquor license. When town officials checked the home address on the application, they realized it was the address for the Southern State Correctional Facility.

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July 28, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to start a home based business—or something like that

Only in France—doesn’t look much like the Polizei Porsche (see below)

1973 KV Mini 1

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In anticipation of the demise of the Solyto delivery van, New Map designed and built yet another miniature vehicle that was technically interesting but aesthetically less so, obviously a product of an engineer. KV built its own motors (unusual in itself), which drove the rear wheels by means of rubber rollers pressing on the tires. Transmission was automatic, and the company was one of the only ones in France to use steel bodies for this class of vehicle.

This is an example of an early KV (as opposed to a KVS), featuring small indicator lights and a full convertible top.

July 27, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

What do people in Sydney, Rome and Paris have in common? Apparently they all stink.

NEWS.com.au


Sydneysiders smell of fish, Romans reek of garlic and Parisians project a pervasive waft of poultry.

“People in each country have their own smell,” perfumer Jean Claude Ellena said yesterday. “In Sydney, people smell like fish, because you eat so much fish here, like the Romans eat garlic, but in Paris it’s chicken; these people are eating so many Rhine chickens that in the street you can always smell them.”

Mr Ellena’s olfactory observations are more finely tuned than most. As the resident perfumer at French luxury house Hermes, the dapper Parisian is at the peak of his profession in the highly secretive world of fragrance. But Mr Ellena, who has worked for Yves Saint Laurent and Bulgari and is one of only two resident fashion house perfumers in the world (the other is Jacques Polger at Chanel), is happy to reveal one secret to his success.

He does not splash on cologne, his armpits are a deodorant-free zone and he steers clear of perfumed soaps. “It is to protect myself,” he said. “When I smell odours around me I’m starting to say, well, this contains that and that, so I am starting to work, but I want to concentrate only on creating my own perfumes so I try to avoid smell.”

July 27, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on What do people in Sydney, Rome and Paris have in common? Apparently they all stink.

Man hurt by falling dog

NEWS.com.au


st-bernard.jpg A man was bruised but alive after a Saint Bernard dog thrown out a two-storey window landed on him as he was walking down the street in the southern-Polish city of Sosnowiec. The 50kg [about 110 pounds] dog was pushed out of the window by its drunken owner on Monday, police said.

“The dog had a soft landing because it fell on a man,” said police spokesman Grzegorz Wierzbicki. “The dog escaped with just a few scratches. The man was also more in a psychological state of shock than physically hurt.”

The one-year-old dog, named Oskar, was placed in an animal shelter while police investigate its owners for animal abuse.

July 27, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Squirrels force couple to flee home

Ananova

squirrel_03tk.jpgAn elderly German couple were forced out of their home when a family of squirrels moved in and chased them off. Heinz Steinhaeuser and his wife Brunhilde, from Verden in Lower Saxony, were kept out of their house for almost two hours. They eventually had to call the fire brigade to reclaim their home from the squirrel pair and their three offsrping.

Steinhaeuser said the family of squirrels had slipped into the house when he went outside to pick up his newspaper and had chased his wife out.

When firemen arrived the squirrels hid in the bed and other furniture before the five officers were able to catch them one-by-one, often by dismantling much of the furniture to corner the animals individually.

July 27, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Squirrels force couple to flee home

Why bother with a print when you can leave the whole finger?

Ananova


A burglar was caught after he left his finger at the crime scene and police found his prints in their database. Michael Baumgartner, 31, was spotted breaking into a leisure centre in Hamburg, Germany. He fled when police arrived but a ring on his index finger caught on a metal fence and ripped his finger off..

Police found the severed digit on the ground and used it to track down the thief. But it was too late to reattach the finger despite surgery at a local hospital.

July 27, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why bother with a print when you can leave the whole finger?

Austrian Polizei Test Porsche 911 patrol car

Ananova

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Austrian police are testing a Porsche 911 as a traffic control car. They say the sight of the 177mph sportscar makes speeding motorists slam on their brakes.

A spokesman said the £65,000 sports car…[has] been a major success and they are planning to buy more.

He said: “The preventive effect is excellent. Drivers just needed to see it parked alongside the road and they slammed on the brakes. The only thing is that it’s a bit cramped. But there’s still enough space for the essential equipment like the speeding radar and the breathalyser.”

July 26, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Imagine explaining an expense account item labeled “Mammoth Meat”

Via The Register

mammoth.jpgYou remember Hwang Woo-Suk, the disgraced Korean stem cell scientist, but did you know he tried, three times, to clone a mammoth? Went to a glacier and got mammoth tissue to use in the attempt. The money for the effort came from a private donation from SK Group and was earmarked for “peripheral activities related to the research.” They tried cloning a tiger too according to court testimony.

Oh, in case you were wondering? Both attempts failed.

July 26, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Imagine explaining an expense account item labeled “Mammoth Meat”

Need help getting fired? The Register is there for you.

Reg Hardware

middle.jpgMost people keep old files, cycling helmets and discarded sandwich wrappers under their desks. They dont get fired. On the other hand, if you buy a personal mini-micro brewery and keep that under your desk, not only can you have 28 pints of home-brew to hand whenever you want ie. 9.45am, but your desk will smell of “socks in cabbage water”.

There are nine other surefire gadgets at the link. 

July 26, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Need help getting fired? The Register is there for you.

Hey! Did that package just wiggle?

Ananova.

The German postal service will gladly handle any of your packages for you. Well, almost any of them. They emptied the post office at Kommern pretty quickly recently when they opened a package that was “wiggling” and out popped a 5 foot albino python.

A keeper from the local zoo was called and corraled the snake. The Polizei are still looking for the sender.

July 25, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Hey! Did that package just wiggle?

Tanks, Dad!

Ananova

When your kids want ice cream, and your car is broken down, what are you going to do? If your name is Miroslav Tucek and you live in the northern Czech Republic, you just climb into the old armored personnel carrier (12 tons worth that you bought from the army) and drive it through a historic district, where only light vehicles are allowed, and buy the ice cream. There will be a slight extra charge for this though—a £300 fine tacked onto the ice cream charge.

July 25, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tanks, Dad!

House boat, complete with upper deck

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July 25, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Remember the pelican that smashed a car windshield? She still can’t fly straight.

Yahoo! News

There was good news and bad news when Crash, the California brown pelican that earned her nickname when she flew beak-first into a car windshield, was released back into the wild.

As soon as workers with the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center released Crash on Big Corona Beach on Thursday, she stumbled and fell beak-first into a pile of rocks. But after taking a few moments to gather her bearings, Crash shook her tail, bobbed in the surf and then headed for the heavens.

“She took off just fine and she was flying really well,” said Debbie McGuire, the center’s wildlife director. McGuire blamed Crash’s stumble on reporters and photographers who distracted her.

“What happened was, there were so many cameras,” she said. “She looked back and then took a step.”

July 25, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Remember the pelican that smashed a car windshield? She still can’t fly straight.

Wear gloves next time you steal a parrot

Yahoo! News

An ill-tempered parrot left English police a vital clue to the thief who took the bird from a pet shop. Tristand Maidment, 23, pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing a macaw named Mickey from a pet shop in Frome, southwestern England, last month.

Maidment said he couldn’t remember being bitten by the parrot, but the wound left a trail of blood, which allowed police to make a DNA match to the suspect.

July 25, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Wear gloves next time you steal a parrot

Vigilante Dutch nuns on bikes

Yahoo! News

bicycles.jpgTwo Dutch nuns, wearing habits and riding bikes, chased a suspected thief through Amsterdam, police said Monday.

On Saturday evening, one of the sisters believed she recognized a man walking past their chapel in southern Amsterdam as a thief who snatched hundreds of dollars in cash from the building two weeks earlier, Amsterdam police spokesman Rob van der Veen said.

She invited him inside for a drink and asked a fellow nun to alert police. The man, apparently suspecting what was happening, fled the building and snatched a bicycle from a passer-by.

“The nuns then grabbed their bikes and gave chase. They tried to grab him, but he managed to escape into a residential neighborhood and they lost him,” Van der Veen said. Police hunted for the man in the neighborhood but could not find him.

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They should have smacked him with a ruler while they had the chance.

July 25, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Vigilante Dutch nuns on bikes

Don’t mess with us oldtimers. We may have a knife. A REAL knife

Ananova

gran.jpgAn 80-year-old woman re-created a scene from the film Crocodile Dundee to tackle a knife-wielding burglar.

Winifred Whelan, 80, holds the knife she used to scare off armed intruders after they broke into her house, in Walton, Liverpool. The pensioner shouted the line: ‘That’s not a knife, this is a knife’, from the film Crocodile Dundee /PA

Winifred Whelan, from Liverpool, was threatened in her home by a man brandishing a 10-inch knife.

The pensioner grabbed a larger carving knife from her kitchen before shouting: “That’s not a knife, this is a knife!”

Mrs Whelan was quoting the famous line from Crocodile Dundee when the film’s star Paul Hogan brandishes a hunting knife at a mugger.

She told a newspaper: “I said to the robber: “You call that a knife?” His was around 10 inches long and I had a carving knife measuring about 14 inches. I pointed it at his belly and said: “This is a knife!””

Two men were jailed at Liverpool Crown Court in connection with the incident, which happened last September.

July 25, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Don’t mess with us oldtimers. We may have a knife. A REAL knife

This Jockey has been watching too much soccer

Ananova


A top jockey is facing a ban after head-butting his horse after it played up before a race. Paul O’Neill butted City Affair at Stratford after he was thrown before a two-mile hurdle, reports the Guardian.

Having landed on his feet, O’Neill appeared to drop his crash-helmeted forehead on to his mount’s nose.

The pair were reunited for the race and finished fourth.

Paul Struthers, a spokesman for the Horseracing Regulatory Authority, said O’Neill would face a disciplinary hearing for improper riding.

John O’Shea, who trains City Affair, said: “Paul rang me and said he was sorry for what happened. I haven’t seen it yet.

“The horse is a very, very difficult character, but I couldn’t comment on the incident until I’ve seen it.”

July 25, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on This Jockey has been watching too much soccer

Monster Smart Car

smart_for_fun.jpgThe text that goes with this is about three times too cute but the picture is nifty.

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July 24, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Monster Smart Car

‘Monster jellyfish’ on Norwegian west coast

Aftenposten.no

jellyfish.jpgExtremely large stinging jellyfish have been periodically appearing off the shore of Sola on the southwest coast of Norway.

This has been a bumper year for jellyfish. The largest specimen spotted was approximately a meter (39.3 inches) in diameter.

“These can be deadly for children and those allergic to stinging jellyfish,” marine biologist Jan Helge Fosså at the Institute of Marine Research told NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting).

July 24, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on ‘Monster jellyfish’ on Norwegian west coast

2,500 pieces of luggage missing –in a week?

Aftenposten.no


Thousands of items of luggage have gone missing from Oslo’s Gardermoen International Airport (OSL) in just the past two weeks.

Frustration and wasted time have resulted for many travelers to Oslo’s Gardermoen Airport in recent weeks.

Passengers have had the added inconvenience of being stuck for hours in telephone service queues trying to find out what to do about their missing suitcases. In the past two weeks alone 2,500 units of luggage have been misplaced.

Servisair has baggage handling responsibility for 19 airlines but has only one employee to handle telephone service calls, newspaper VG reports.

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Not only do they lose your luggage but they have great support in helping you find it. 

July 24, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2,500 pieces of luggage missing –in a week?